Published On: May 7, 2021155 words0.8 min read


Hi Judy, I have a brother in the Eastern Cape who is a heavy drinker and I believe he just quit. Sounds like he having severe symptoms and needs medication.

I assume you don’t do telephonic consultations and prescribing meds? Sounds like they are disenchanted with their local GP. Are you at all aware of rehab in the area of Port Alfred? I wonder if rehabs do outpatient management?


Hi! I am sorry to hear your brother is struggling. Alcohol withdrawal is a potential medical emergency. Is there not a hospital nearby?

I would suggest he goes to the local ER for an assessment and treatment. Often the patient just needs an IV infusion of vitamins and a sedative for the anxiety which often accompanies withdrawal.

It would be irresponsible of me to treat over the phone in this situation. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Best wishes,

Dr Judy.

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